Damon Lindelof Hired to Rewrite Paramount's Plagued 'World War Z'
We wondered what the deal was when Paramount bumped their anticipated zombie movie World War Z from this December to next June, and we soon found out that things weren't going so great when the scheduled a whopping seven weeks of reshoots for the movie. Looks like things are worse than we all thought, because THR just reported that Paramount has hired Prometheus screenwriter and "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof to rewrite the movie in preparation for those upcoming reshoots. Apparently he'll be concentrating mostly on the third act of the script including an improved ending. More below!
I thought Prometheus was great (so did Jeremy - read his review here), but a lot of people were disappointed with Lindelof's continued ambiguity and unanswered questions that he seems to be fond of utilizing as a writer. (I also loved "LOST" - yes, even the finale - so I might be a bit biased here.) Remember, Lindelof was brought on to rewrite Jon Spaihts' script for Prometheus when it was much more of a straightforward prequel to Alien, so I can see why this announcement of him coming on to rewrite World War Z might give some fans of Max Brooks' story some pause. I'll be honest though, Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster has always been the one element of this production that has given me the most doubt so far. We'll have to wait until next summer to see how everything turns out.